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Open simulation output example data?

asked 2020-08-18 20:49:09 -0500

updated 2020-08-25 16:56:35 -0500

I'm planning another launch of a data science course for built environment professionals and I would like to demonstrate how to analyze energy simulation output data using Python. I'd like to not have to do a ton of simulations on my own, so I'm wondering if there is a repository of simulation output raw data files that I could use for this? Possibly a researcher would want to open their huge parametric simulation data sets for me?

The closest thing I've found is on OpenEI with a few unsimulated E+ IDF Files: https://openei.org/wiki/General_Merch...

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Are you looking for timeseries outputs, or just annual energy by end use with building characteristics? I have both; just will have implications on file/database size.

Eric Wilson gravatar image Eric Wilson  ( 2020-08-21 10:23:02 -0500 )edit

Time-series outputs are the best

Clayton Miller gravatar image Clayton Miller  ( 2020-08-29 00:09:04 -0500 )edit

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answered 2020-08-20 14:04:41 -0500

updated 2020-08-20 14:18:11 -0500

Here's the best resource I know of...

And here are all the buildings-related datasets...

Also, I have CSVs from ~7000 EnergyPlus sims of specific outputs I could share.

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Thanks Matt! If you have EnergyPlus outputs that are related to parametric analysis of a single building -- ie: Baseline, Proposed Design #1, #2, etc. Do you have something like that?

Clayton Miller gravatar image Clayton Miller  ( 2020-08-29 00:05:23 -0500 )edit
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answered 2020-08-20 18:15:28 -0500

updated 2020-08-20 18:23:00 -0500

I have annual results data (.sql) from all of the CBECC-Com prototype models, simulated in each California climate zone (16 CZs, 16 building types = 256 models total). I have the same for all the DOE Commercial Prototype Building Models in ASHRAE 90.1. Would this be valuable for your project? Or are you looking more for hourly output data?

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Hey Eric -- If you have EnergyPlus outputs that are related to parametric analysis of a single building -- ie: Baseline, Proposed Design #1, #2, etc, that would be helpful!

Clayton Miller gravatar image Clayton Miller  ( 2020-08-29 00:06:57 -0500 )edit
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answered 2020-08-23 21:25:27 -0500

updated 2020-08-23 21:27:12 -0500

This sounds like it will be an awesome project! I think you should try to get data from the End-Use Load Profiles for the U.S. Building Stock project. Possibly the Virtual EPB project as well.

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That's really helpful Dan -- happy to see you're still checking the boards :)

Clayton Miller gravatar image Clayton Miller  ( 2020-08-29 00:06:29 -0500 )edit
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answered 2020-08-20 11:48:31 -0500

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Are you still interested in simulation output data files? I have several output files from a shoebox type of building (Case 600 of ASHRAE Standard 140). The baseline model was parameterized in order to simulate different daily heat gain profiles by combining different variations of parameters such as exterior envelope thermal insulation, window to wall ratio (WWR), and internal heat gains (from people, equipment, and lighting). Additionally, the HVAC system of the original model was modified from an air-based system to a radiant system. Other parameters that are modified in the parametric simulations include design and operational parameters of the radiant system. Let me know if the output from these simulations will help you. Best, Andres.

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Related to this answer, Zip files with inputs and results for all of the BESTEST test cases (Envelope, heating and cooling from ASHRAE Standard 140) are on our BESTEST-GSR GitHub repo and updated each release on EnergyPlus and OpenStudio https://github.com/NREL/BESTEST-GSR/t...

David Goldwasser gravatar image David Goldwasser  ( 2020-08-22 12:46:49 -0500 )edit

Hey Andres -- Yes, that would be helpful! is there a good way to share those files? You are willing to open them up to the community?

Clayton Miller gravatar image Clayton Miller  ( 2020-08-29 00:08:14 -0500 )edit

David -- thanks for the link - that's super helpful!

Clayton Miller gravatar image Clayton Miller  ( 2020-08-29 00:08:31 -0500 )edit

Clayton -- Sorry for the late reply. I have been trying to find a way to share the files (more than 150 GB), any suggestions? All cloud services that are free have a limit of much less than 100 GB so I am not really sure how to share the files.

andresgallardo gravatar image andresgallardo  ( 2020-09-07 10:19:28 -0500 )edit

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